Aurizon signs sugar and molasses haulage contract with Wilmar

 

News article: Aurizon signs sugar and molasses haulage contract with Wilmar

Aurizon today announced it had expanded its relationship with Wilmar Sugar Australia Limited with the signing of a new rail haulage agreement.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Question.  Is this the same company which was using Aurizon from the tablelands for molasses?

Some good news for @Aurizon

Aurizon signs sugar and molasses haulage contract with Wilmar

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Wilmar bought out the CSR mills and Proserpine a few years ago - the company's mills include Plane Creek (Sarina), Proserpine, Inkerman (Home Hill), Kalamia, Pioneer, Invicta (Giru), Victoria (Ingham) and Macknade (Halifax). These contracts announced today are continuations of existing sugar and molasses rail traffic, and no doubt the reason 2800s have been trialled on the Mackay Harbour Branch in the last couple of weeks (for the Proserpine sugar).

The Tablelands Mill is owned by MSF, which also owns the Mulgrave and South Johnstone Mills, plus the namesake Maryborough Sugar Factory, and has no current rail haulage agreements.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The article is stating the new volumes are in addition to the existing 1.2 million per annum so even better news.  I also wonder my the other group mentioned above do not use rail?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

MSF has infrastructure issues when it comes to rail. Tablelands and Mulgrave use the Cairns Port, which no longer has a rail connection and the former rail corridor has been "urbanised" over in most places. South Johnstone uses Mourilyan Harbour, which has never had a 3'6" connection. And the Maryborough Sugar Factory exports through the Bundaberg sugar terminal, which has never had a rail connection and it's construction in the late fifties led to all sugar in the Wide Bay region ending up on trucks very early on. A consolidation in major sugar ports or more domestic sugar sales would probably be the only way MSF would start using rail again. Bundaberg Sugar and Tully Sugar are in a similar road only option conundrum. Annual volumes of less than 200,000-tonnes for each mill (in most cases) doesn't help the chances of building new rail infrastructure either.
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
The article is stating the new volumes are in addition to the existing 1.2 million per annum so even better news.
bevans
The 1.2mtpa mentioned is for haulage from Burdekin mills to Townsville.  The sugar part of the new contract is basically a renewal of existing haulage from Proserpine Mill to Mackay.  These are 2 separate contracts mainly due to Proserpine Mill only fairly recently coming under the ownership of Wilmar.

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